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July 16–17, 2018: Training & Tutorials
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Data visualization with R Shiny

Alyssa Columbus (Pacific Life)
1:30pm5:00pm Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Live coding
Location: B110-112
Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 6 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Software developers and data scientists

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A working knowledge of R
  • A basic understanding of HTML and CSS (useful but not required)
  • No knowledge of Shiny required

Materials or downloads needed in advance

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to build simple Shiny applications
  • Understand what makes an application suitable for production deployment
  • Discover how to include interactive elements and customize the layout of your application


Shiny—an innovative package for R users to develop web applications—makes it easier for R users to share results from their analyses visually to those not familiar with R.

Alyssa Columbus offers an overview of the the key ideas that will help you build simple yet robust Shiny applications and walks you through building data visualizations using the R Shiny web framework. You’ll learn how to use R to prepare data, run simple analyses, and display the results in Shiny web applications as you get hands-on experience creating effective and efficient data visualizations. Along the way, Alyssa shares best practices to make these applications suitable for production deployment.

Topics include:

  • R basics for data preparation, analysis, and visualization
  • The structure of a Shiny app
  • Interactive elements and reactivity
  • Customizing the user interface with HTML and CSS
  • Best practices for Shiny app production deployment
  • Shiny dashboards, R Markdown, and Shiny app sharing
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Alyssa Columbus

Pacific Life

Alyssa Columbus is a data scientist at Pacific Life and member of the spring 2018 class of NASA Datanauts. Previously, she was a computational statistics and machine learning researcher at the Athena Breast Health Network and has built robust predictive models and applications for a diverse set of industries spanning retail and biologics. Alyssa is a strong proponent of reproducible methods, open source technologies, and diversity in tech. In her free time, she leads R-Ladies Irvine and Girl Scout STEM workshops.

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Picture of Omer Ansari
07/11/2018 3:36pm PDT

thank you so much Alyssa!

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Alyssa Columbus | DATA SCIENTIST
07/10/2018 2:08pm PDT

Hi Omer,

I’m sorry to hear you’ll have to miss my tutorial. Here’s the link to the GitHub repository with all of my tutorial materials, and here’s the link to the Rmd/html files published on RPubs.

In addition to these materials, depending on your pass, you may receive a video compilation of talks and tutorials at OSCON (including mine).

Hope this helps, and that you have a nice rest of your week.


Picture of Omer Ansari
07/10/2018 12:57am PDT

Alyssa, this is one of the most important sessions (directly related to my job) I was looking to attending, but now, owing to work, I will miss it.

is there any you can share this material and the tutorial with me so I can do it offline? I had paid extra for these but now i’m hampered….